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Special Students Admission Policies

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Special students must

  • Follow Harvard Griffin GSAS registration procedures.
  • Adhere to deadlines on the Harvard Griffin GSAS academic calendar.
  • Follow Harvard Griffin GSAS codes of conduct noted in the Conduct and Safety section of the Policies.

Special students may take a maximum of four courses per term; additional courses must be approved by the Special Students and Visiting Fellows Office.

  • As required by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, special students holding a Harvard-sponsored F-1 visa must register for full-time study, equivalent to four courses per academic term.
  • The Registrar's Office will provide a transcript of credits earned following completion of each academic term as long as the student does not have an outstanding student account balance.

Special students are charged full tuition and are not eligible for financial aid.

Applying to a Degree Program

Special students may later apply for admission to a degree program.

  • Former special students are not guaranteed admission.
  • A special student admitted to a Harvard Griffin GSAS degree program may be eligible for financial credit for courses completed.
  • Upon completion of one term in a Harvard Griffin GSAS degree program, students may petition their academic department to receive credit for work done as a special student; academic credit is granted only for graduate-level courses valid for the relevant degree program.
    • A maximum of eight courses may be used for credit for a PhD or a two-year master’s program; a maximum of four courses may be used for credit for a one-year master’s degree.


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